Billy carts race for good cause
WITH top speeds of 48kmh, more than 100 races and “some of the best home baking you’ve ever seen”, the Ballandean Billy Cart Bash was a day of high-performance fun and friendly competition.
Ballandean State School P&C president Aaron Cox said the weather had been fabulous and there were close to 50 entries taking part in the school’s popular annual fundraiser last weekend.
The final fundraising tally had not been completed, but Mr Cox said the event was a big success, with just a few “scary moments” during the practice runs at the start of the day.
Mr Cox said acting Ballandean State School principal, Sue Evans, was a surprise champion, competing in one of the Haynes Racing Carts andtaking home a trophy and V8 Supercar driving experience at the Holden Performance Driving Centre at Norwell.
“She’d never done it before and she was very scared when she was sitting on the top of the hill for the first time, and then we couldn’t keep her out of it after that. “The adult races are generally good value, because they’re fast and a bit competitive.
“It comes down to driving practice and knowing what to do when it swerves..”
Mr Cox said tips for winning included getting a good billy cart and putting fear to the side.
He said that because “heavier” was better when racing, “It’s really one of those sports where it actually pays to have eaten too many doughnuts the day before.”
Mr Cox, who praised all billy carts for being “beautifully decorated”, said the main highlight had been “just seeing all the kids having a great time”.
He said he was very thankful to all event sponsors, organisers and the community for its support.
■ Billy cart social pics in Thursday’s paper.
FULL SPEED: Everyone enjoyed the Ballandean Billy Cart Bash on Sunday.